Japan gives $10-m grant for upgrading Trelawny school

 Work is set to commence next month on the renovation of classrooms and other facilities at the Warsop Primary School in South Trelawny.

The improvement work is being undertaken through a $10. 2 million grant from the Government of Japan under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.

In addition to the upgrading of the classrooms, the project will involve rehabilitation of the school’s canteen, sanitary facilities, paving and termite treatment works.
The National Education Trust (NET) will oversee the procurement and construction management of the project.Education Minister Ruel Reid, who was at the handing over ceremony last week, said that the upgrading of the Warsop Primary School will create a more comfortable environment for teachers and students.

For his part, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, expressed the hope that the project will “contribute to the empowerment of people through improvement in critical areas such as education.”

“I believe that this will be something that will definitely encourage children at the most important ages in their lives, to stick to their education and stay at school and receive a good education,” he said.

Member of Parliament for South Trelawny, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, also expressed thanks to Japan for the contribution and pledged to ensure that the improvements to be undertaken at the school “will serve generations to come”.

Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects support initiatives proposed by various bodies such as non-governmental organisations and local government authorities.

The scheme has acquired a high reputation because it provides flexible and timely support to development projects at the grassroots level.